8.8.23 – Campaign for Working Families

“Gold Star Families vs. Biden – Afghanistan”

By Gary Bauer

Excerpts from this article:

There was an incredibly important congressional forum held yesterday in Escondido, California. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) convened the forum to hear testimony from the Gold Star families of the 13 American heroes who were killed at the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport two years ago.

Last month, 
Joe Biden denied any responsibility for the disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.  These Gold Star families disagree.

They gave the greatest sacrifice you can for our country, and their sons and daughters paid with their lives. 

They are buried in graves because President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the entire military chain of command failed them.

The lives of these families have been shattered forever, and they are convinced that the Biden Administration has repeatedly lied to them and disrespected them, even as they buried their children.  

Cheryl Rex, who lost her 20 year-old son, recalled a bizarre interaction with Biden during the dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base.  Biden said, “My wife, Jill, and I know how you feel. We lost our son as well, and brought him home in a flag-draped coffin.”

That’s just not true.  Beau Biden did not die in combat.  He died from brain cancer at Walter Reed Hospital, and Cheryl Rex knew the truth!  “How could someone be so heartless,” Rex asked.

In 2016, the media gave an incredible amount of coverage to a Muslim Gold Star couple because Donald Trump wanted to suspend immigration from countries infected by radical Islamist hatred.  The media accused Trump of mocking and disrespecting them, and it couldn’t get enough of that story.

But other than Fox News, there wasn’t one second of televised media coverage for these Gold Star families who feel totally betrayed and disrespected by the Biden Administration.  To the left-wing media, these Gold Star families and their sacrifice count for nothing. 

To the left, they are an “inconvenience.”  If more Americans hear about the tragic price they and their sons and daughters paid Biden’s incompetence, it might delay the “fundamental transformation of America” the left desires.


A major concern expressed by many of the Gold Star parents was the total lack of accountability for anyone involved in the Kabul disaster. 

Do you remember when White House Spokesman John Kirby attempted to gaslight the entire country?  Kirby said he didn’t see any “chaos” in Kabul from “his perch.”

Kelly Barnett, who lost her son, blasted Kirby’s callous remark, saying, “I don’t know what perch he was on.  Maybe he was sitting on the beach drinking a margarita. I think he should have talked to some people who were on the ground to get a better perspective.”

Sadly, Kirby is still perched in a White House office earning good money making sure the American people don’t figure out how utterly corrupt this administration is.  And when he’s not doing that, he’s pushing abortion or covering for the fools in the Pentagon who are busy planning next year’s Pride Month!

General Mark “Thoroughly Modern” Milley and other commanders testified that they opposed Biden’s withdrawal plan.  The Gold Star families said they should have done more to resist it, including having the honor and the decency to resign in protest. 

There was another occasion when Milley demonstrated his true loyalties.  It was the summer of 2020.  The White House was under constant siege by radical leftists.  Dozens of Secret Service agents were injured defending the White House, and left-wing revolutionaries tried to torch a historic church just across the street.

Milley walked with President Trump to the church to demonstrate that such behavior was unacceptable and would not be tolerated.  But he later leaked to the media that his stand with Trump was a mistake and he almost resigned over that. 

Really?  He thought about resigning for standing with Donald Trump in defense of religious liberty, but not over the fiasco at the Kabul airport?  If Milley is too weak to stand up to radical leftists, he shouldn’t be leading our men and women in battle.